January 26, 2015

Join Us for a private screening of FED UP!

Chef, question mark human head symbol, vectorOur friends Dr. Taylor, Dr. Strickland and the Buda Dental team has invited our office and clients to join them in viewing a private screening of “Fed Up”, a documentary investigating how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized.

Did you know???

Health professionals project this will be the first generation in which parents will probably live longer than their children.

Fed Up offers a comparison to what happened within the tobacco industry and is something that we will likely all learn from.

Date/Time: January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am
Place: Hays CISD Performing Arts Center
Address: 979 Kohler’s Krossing, Kyle, TX 78640

Find out more at www.FedUpMovie.com

January 26, 2015

Stress Less this holiday with some unusual tips

Thinking, idea concept.The holidays are great, but sometimes the pressures that we put on ourselves is, well, ridiculous. Too many places to go, too many people to see, and just too much to do. It actually can be quite a fantastic time though if you keep the following in mind and allow it all to just flow.

Here are some simple tips to help your holiday flow that much better.

1. Prepare – Think about what demands and stresses are on the horizon and get things in place to help minimize their impact on you. How will you choose to respond to known upcoming stressors. See if you can expand and respond instead of contract and react.

2. See obstacles objectively – How well can you handle yourself when things go wrong? It usually depends on what all is going wrong, what all is going on, and how many time restraints you put on yourself. Give yourself enough time by preparing ahead (see tip # 1), that way when things come up you have already built time into your schedule. Practice seeing the silver lining in every snafu. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get upset, but it does mean that you have a choice about how long you let it ruin your day. Obstacles and stresses are an opportunity to grow and don’t exist just to make you miserable.

3. Minimize discomfort – Enter each family gathering with a specific idea about how you want to feel when you leave. Of course you can’t control everything but seeing things the way that you want them to be BEFORE you get there actually has an effect on how things really turn out. Everything is created twice, first in the mind (either consciously or subconsciously) and only second in the physical world. How do you intend to eat? To drink? How much? What types of conversations do you intend to have? With whom? (if food has caused you discomfort go here)

4. Get curious – If you are fortunate enough to be with grandma and grandpa or mom and dad, get curious. Use this valuable time together to ask them something about them or the family that you don’t know. If the elders aren’t present or you are the elder, then see if you can find out what makes the people you are around tick. Of course you want to be sure that your curiosity doesn’t sound like you are judging, but just the opposite – find out more about your family. Even if you’re a black sheep or don’t feel that you have much in common, you most certainly do. Make it a game and try and find out what!

5. Breathe! This may be the most important one of all. When the inevitable tension arises because a “forbidden” topic is discussed or the cake falls or God forbid a Lampoon’s Christmas commences, remember to breathe. Expand your lungs, don’t contract them. Everything will be fine, remember any obstacles that show up are neutral and we choose whether we see them as positive or negative.

The holiday’s are opportunities. Seize the day and make the absolute best of your valuable time. How can you serve? Who can you acknowledge? Can you connect deeply with a family member or friend that you rarely see?

I wish you the best end to 2014 and an awesome beginning to 2015. Thank you all for being part of my community!

January 26, 2015

Prevent or Remedy the Holiday Sized Helpings

Well, of course we have to start off Cute woman in the fieldby saying you “shouldn’t” get carried away indulging in the holiday feasts. We are human though and often that isn’t something that we want to think about this time of year. We have new years resolutions coming up for goodness sakes right?

So, this is one way to look at it. But if you prepare properly, you may surprise yourself and actually not overindulge or hurt yourself. See my other blogpost for more info on this and other tips to thrive during the holidays.

Here are three simple Qi Gong exercises that will help prime your digestive fires, or alternatively, help you feel better after you indulge. Please leave your comments below…I would love to know how this helps you! I have also thought about shooting a quick video demo, please let me know if you would find that helpful. Additionally I can always teach you these or several others in a one on one 30-60 minute appointment.

Grasping the Ball

Create an imaginary ball with your hands at the level of the abdomen, starting with your hands on each side of the ball. The size of the ball is optional but should be a comfortable size relative to the size of your abdomen. Once the ball is established, start to expand and contract the ball from side to side. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows dropped. The expanding of this ball can correspond to your breath, increasing in size as you inhale and shrinking as you exhale. Again, feel the connection between the ball and the torso. If this is difficult, try to imagine this ball inside of you, feeling your hands inside of your lower abdomen. After 5-10 times, rotate your hands to hold the ball on its top and bottom. Expand the ball up to your head and down below your naval. After 5-10 times, rotate your top hand to the bottom and the bottom hand to the top. Then, change hand positions again, placing each hand on the diagonal sides, expanding and contracting. Finish with rotating the initial small ball at the starting point for five breaths.

Flow of digestion

Hold your arms out in front of you at shoulder height, keeping them slightly bent and at a 45º angle from your chest. Starting with the right hand, arc it in towards the chest bone. Touch the chest bone and in one continuous movement bring your fingers down the centerline to just below your naval. Then, as that hand comes back up to its starting position, the left hand starts on the same movement as the right hand has just completed. As you become comfortable with this movement, start to naturally and gently turn your upper body (from the hips) towards the hand that is coming in. The hands should be alternating positions simultaneously, slightly resembling the motion of swimming. Practice 20 strokes with light pressure, be sure to feel the connection between the hands and the torso.

Encircling the Torso

Make medium size circles on the abdomen with the palm of your hand. Rest the other hand on top of the active hand. Start one direction (i.e. clockwise or counter-clockwise) for a couple minutes and then switch. Feel the connection between the hands and the abdomen or feel as if your hands are inside the abdomen. You can actually start and finish the entire routine with this.

January 26, 2015

How is Your Sleep? Solid Eight On Sale (plus others)

SleepyGood quality sleep is obviously so important for the restoration of body and mind. 80% of human growth hormone is released while you sleep, but not until stage 4, the deepest stage of sleep. This stage is sometimes referred to as “human hibernation” and is the period of sleep that complete relaxation occurs. During stage 4 your blood pressure, respiration rate, and heart rate all lower allowing the body to focus on growing and repairing itself.

If you are having problems getting to stage 4 sleep or you aren’t staying there long enough, your body and mind are in a repair deficit, which is cumulative problem. We all know that we need sleep and insomnia is currently considered a public health epidemic.

Sour Jujube Decoction (known in Chinese Medicine as Suan Zao Ren Tang) is the most widely used Chinese herbal sleep formula that is still used regularly to this day. The original formula was created about 1800 years ago by one of the most eminent Chinese physicians of the late Han Dynasty, Zhang Zhongjing.

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Among other things, this formula focuses on nourishing the heart and liver blood, eliminating irritability, and calming the spirit. Herbalogic has added an herb to this original formula that makes it even more potent and able to meet the demands of “modern insomnia”, and that is the herb Patrinia. This herb wasn’t really used for its sedative properties until modern times, but clinical trials have shown it to be twice as potent as valerian for these purposes.

By combining patrinia with five other safe and effective herbs, Solid Eight helps you sleep faster and sleep deeper, but without leaving you groggy or drowsy the next day. That’s because Solid Eight contains non-narcotic, non-habit-forming plant compounds that work by targeting the full range of things that can keep you awake.

Solid Eight gently supports natural sleep, not medicated sleep. This formula blends several herbs to:

» promote deep relaxation
» quiet racing thoughts
» ease irritability and tension
» calm restless fidgeting
» lower body temperature to cool night sweats, and
» reduce dreams that disturb sleep
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At my office, Solid Eight & Easy Breather are the most popular. I like these products because the herbal formulas are balanced and based off of traditional Chinese medicine formulas. They are easy to take, good tasting and effective. Yes, I did say “good tasting”! The company uses glycerine to extract some of the phytochemicals in the herbs, which makes it less alcoholic and sweeter. Many of my clients have raved about this product, saying that it works better than any other natural sleep aid they have tried.

Solid Eight is for anyone over the age of 16, but not for nursing or pregnant women. Call for a free consult if your looking for sleep solutions for those that don’t fit this criteria. This product should not be combined with excessive alcohol consumption or sleep medications and is not intended to treat poor sleep due to sleep apnea.

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January 26, 2015

What is neurofeedback training “like”? Netflix! But for your Brain

souffranceGo ahead, log into Netflix. See there the rows of recommendations? That’s not magic: that’s an algorithm. Netflix “remembers” what you watched, how you rated past films, then correlates that data against your viewing habits. A blink-of-an-eye search of the media database then produces “recommendations” based on your preferences. That’s why documentaries about hermetic hoarders never pop up on your screen – Netflix knows you’re not into that (who is?). So the algorithm saves precious hours of your life and spares your eyeballs having to scroll through the 100,000 available titles. Thanks, Netflix!

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Now would it be nice if real life were the same way?

We are, most of us, bombarded by noise—someone needs something right now, there’s pinging coming from your Twitter feed, your chatbox, your phone, your boss, your kids, your dog, your broken whatever. In the age of “big data”, the sheer volume of information and the choices that result from it can literally overtax the human brain. Modern life needs a Netflix-like algorithm that filters out the noise and breaks the daily barrage on our senses. But that’s not easy, particularly because all that environmental stimulation can makes thinking very much like the unsorted Netflix backlist, combined with Amazon’s, a gazillion Redboxes, and the tall stack of DVDs you bought in the aughts that you never watch anymore. Then imagine sorting through all that while in a bouncy-ball house with twenty sugared-up six-year-olds. That’s the information age. But outside of Netflix, there is a way you can help your brain to focus on the stuff that matters. Shut out the noise. Extensive research over decades suggests neurofeedback training is particularly well suited for this purpose. Effective neurofeedback systemsaid with focus, presence and just generally getting a grip on your train of thought. It can help you tone down the static, make thinking an exercise in efficiency. Naturally streamline the thought process and tune out distractions.

So what is neurofeedback training?

Dynamical neurofeedback technology –the kind developed by NeurOptimal Neurofeedback – essentially leverages your brain’s preference for efficiency. Their neurofeedback machine uses sensors to track relevant changes in the brain’s electrical patterns and then feeds that information back to the brain. Your brain – which naturally wants to be awesome – creates it’s own “algorithm” based on the incoming data. It’s sort of like when you give that documentary on knuckle ball pitchers a 4 star rating. Netflix responds by showing you similar films. The neurofeedback software “shows” your brain it’s own activity. Your brain gives it a thumbs up/thumbs down, then adjusts accordingly. Kind of like an algorithm.

For example, anxiety or obsessive/compulsive thinking is not only unpleasant and stressful; from your brain’s perspective, it is inherently inefficient. Why waste time in that type of neurological loop when you could be doing other, more productive tasks instead?

Now this is exactly how the information age should work: leverage that steady stream of incoming information to improve how you act, feel and think instead of being overwhelmed by it. In the case of neurofeedback training, this is accomplished in the blink of an eye as your brain – aided by a neurofeedback machine – adjusts its “algorithm” to basically become better at everything. The result is improved focus and less distraction. More incisive thought process and clearer cognition. Less anxiety/depression and more joy. Anything less is a waste of time – so says your brain.

Go log into Netflix again. Imagine your brain working this efficiently. Now you have a sense of how your brain ‘feels’ on neurofeedback. And it’s almost as fun. Without the hoarder documentaries.

January 26, 2015

Real Time Neurofeedback

At the beginning of the year we purchased a NeurOptimal machine. Working with Brainwave Optimization was thrilling, but it was time to upgrade to a totally different realm of neurofeedback. After consulting with a dozen other colleagues in the field, an additional dozen practitioners that use NeurOptimal, and after doing tons of my own research it became obvious not only that it was time to make the switch, but that the new technology HAD to be this one.

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In fact, because of the increased interest and results we’ve seen just in the last eight months, we added a second NeurOptimal system in August!

What’s so different about this neurofeedback technology? Well, it works in a completely different paradigm and truly is in a class of its own. NeurOptimal gives your brain & nervous system relevant information about itself so that it can release even long held patterns causing anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, etc. Brain training helps your brain see what it is doing so that it can make the necessary changes.

Your brain and nervous system are intimately tuned into your environment and when your environment changes your brain is aware of it. Think about it in the following two ways:

Internal Environmental Change

When your body experiences a trauma such as an abrasion, the brain is immediately aware of the situation and in no time the immune system has been alerted and white blood cells are on their way to the area. The brain is also always monitoring changes in blood sugar, hormone levels, neurotransmitters, and tons of other processes so that changes can be made immediately.

External Environmental Change

Your brain and nervous system are always on the lookout for changing variables in the external world, constantly asking itself “is it safe here?”. If the answer is “no” then you may feel anxious or nervous.

NeurOptimal is a technology that allows the brain to see itself in real time. When this relevant, real-time information is given to the brain – the brain adjusts itself as it sees fit. Think about a band that can’t hear themselves play a concert… It could be disastrous if there are no speakers pointing towards the musicians since that is the way they know whether or not they are in tune and in sync. If they are out of tune, it allows them to make changes. Can you imagine tuning a guitar without hearing it?

This brain training technology essentially works the same way. When the brain “sees” how it is functioning and what the nervous system is doing, it is able to make adjustments. For example, when it is able to see the old “programs” that are running in the background, it can change or even delete them.

Brain training really is a workout for the brain. Although you are just relaxing in a zero gravity chair listening to great music, your brain is actually working out. Training the brain to let go of these (often) long-held programs is one of the most effective ways to positively and exponentially enhance your quality of life. The process is completely non-invasive and holistic, and fits seamlessly into your life.. typically, all it takes is a lunch hour a week for 10-12 weeks to reach your goals, and only one or two sessions to get an idea of what it can do for you.

After just one or two sessions many of our clients report improvements in their sleep, greater self confidence, and that they feel calmer and more poised. Try out a session today through the button below for 70% off (limit 1 per person)… oh, and you don’t have to be a new client to take this deal!

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January 26, 2015

The Bulletproof Executive Interviews NeurOptimal®’s Dr. Valdeane Brown

brain designBullet Proof Executive website says this about its founder, Dave Asprey:

Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise.

Dave interviewed Dr. Valdeane Brown, co-founder of Zengar Institute and developer of NeurOptimal®. The result is a terrific podcast called Neurofeedback Technology – Best Biohack Yet. That title is pretty impressive – “best biohack yet” – given that’s been Dave’s mission for 15 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about neurofeedback or considering it for yourself, listen to this podcast. You won’t be disappointed.

Please feel free to comment here on the blog or email me with questions.

Michael Meuth L.Ac. ACN

Headway Health

January 26, 2015

Should Concussions Matter? .. Even in the World Cup!

During Thursday’s match with England, Uruguay’s Álvaro Pereira was knocked out cold and then insisted on getting back in the game, later apologizing. “I said ‘sorry’ a thousand times to the doctor because I was dizzy.” He went on to say that because he was full of adrenaline he may have not made the most responsible decision. “What I really wanted to do was to help get the result [win the game].”

As a long time competitive soccer player Happiness football player after goal on the field of stadium witand and avid fan of the world cup, I deeply understand the pain of being pulled off of the field in an important match. There’s an obligation to your team, to your country in this instance and, most importantly, to yourself to give every single ounce of your energy to the match that you are playing. As all serious athletes know, the passion that you have for your sport and for your team fuels your entire life. You will do anything and everything to get ready for important matches, and that’s why we look up to the best athletes as superheros in our society. As a crucial part of the team, sitting out even from an injury leads players to feel that they are letting their teams down, but there is something else very important to consider – an athlete’s own personal well-being.

As a player you don’t want to come off the field unless you simply can’t play. As a “soccer dad”, a youth coach, and a health practitioner, I take a completely different view and feel that it is vital for a player to be taken out of play with an injury as jolting as the one Pereira sustained. This is already bringing up a huge discussion that is sure to influence the future of FIFA policies regrading blows to the head. The world of fútbol has yet to really embrace all the studies regarding the seriousness of head injuries, and clearly the decisions shouldn’t be left up to players who have just sustained blows to the head. Obviously, a person’s thinking may be a little skewed after that.

As someone who has provided NeurOptimal to several athletes that have sustained serious brain injuries, I can assure you that they will tell you it isn’t worth it. The “second blow” syndrome is very serious and the consequences can be terrible and long term.

We have to keep our heads in the game and defer to the experts on site when our heads get knocked out of the game. I’m certain that after this FIFA will re-examine its policies related to head injuries and update its protocols, which will be a particularly important message to all the kids watching the game.

January 26, 2015

Battle in the Brain – Veteran’s Day Special

Veterans Day ButtonIn 2012 more soldiers took their own life than were killed in the Afghanistan combat and it is estimated that 20% of our 1.7 million warriors that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq have PTSD. By now it is apparent that we must do more to support our troops, and much more CAN be done. A fantastic starting place would be to limit tours to one or two at the most so that the chances of encountering a traumatic event or sight are reduced. Combat fatigue also plays a roll in the emotional burden that goes along with being away from home, being in a foreign and violent land, grueling work schedules and massive physical and emotional demands. It is in my humble opinion that soldiers should not be required to serve so many tours, especially since new research using functional MRI machines are showing us that even emotional trauma affects the amygdala, anterior insula, and the precuneus.

Of course the brain is only doing what it was designed to do. When experiencing a traumatic event, the brain re-wires itself in order to keep you alive. This is true for big and small traumatic events alike since the brain is trying to adapt and survive. The brain even re-wires itself (for better or worse) when there is only a perceived threat to life or ego. So for example, when a child is made fun of at school because her shoes have a scuff mark or his hair is sticking up, a trauma print is created in the brain. Trauma prints exist so that we survive (physically or emotionally) stressful situations. Of course the bigger the trauma, the bigger effect it has on us and our neural circuitry.

We need to support those who are injured in war, whether that be a bodily injury, lost limb, traumatic brain injury or PTSD. Whether you believe that we should be going to war with this or that country is irrelevant but what really matters is that the people are getting needlessly injured in the process. Shake a veteran’s hand today and if they are suffering, please let them know about the amazing benefits advanced neurofeedback can provide. If they contact us this week, we are happy to start them off with 50% off a BrainSpa (mini-intensive) package which is three one hour sessions of realtime brainwave balancing that helps to override trauma prints in the brain. If they want to do more we offer 15% off any additional sessions, always. The BrainSpa sessions are tailored for overall mood enhancement, to help de-stress and relax, and also serve to enhance focus and sleep. Brainwave Intensives work the same but can get to older and more “stubborn” brain patters. Intensives can be added on later if desired. We work with all sorts of issues. Please call us today (or by the end of the week at the latest) to have your questions answered and to take advantage of this Veteran’s day offer. By the way, you need not have a traumatic brain injury or PTSD to get this discount… this offer is for all active duty and retired military.

January 26, 2015

5-Minute One-Pot Mini Peanut Butter Cups (Healthy, low-carb, and delicious!)

Close up view of peanut butter cups on a wood counter top.This is a simple version of making peanut butter cups that you’ll find very easy. These minis combine the nut butter with the chocolate for a quick stir-and-set treat.

Yield: 16 servings (mini cups)
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Preferences: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo

Ingredients
• 6 Tbsp. unsweetened organic cocoa powder
• 3 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
• 3 Tbsp. Creamy Organic Peanut Butter (or your nut butter of choice)
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
• 4 tsp. coconut sugar (or organic maple syrup)
• 1 pinch finely ground Celtic Sea Salt
• 8-10 drops NuNaturals Stevia (to taste)

Tools
• Heavy-bottom saucepan
• Candy molds or silicone muffins cups or paper mini muffin liners in a mini muffin pan

Preparation
1. In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, coconut oil, and nut butter over very low heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is completely liquefied.
2. Remove from heat and stir in salt, vanilla (if using) and coconut sugar. Add stevia to taste.
3. Pour mixture into silicone candy molds, silicone muffins cups, or paper mini muffin liners in a mini muffin pan.
4. Transfer to freezer to set (about 15 minutes).
5. Pop the peanut butter cups out of silicone molds
6. Store them in airtight container in freezer or refrigerator.

Nutrition Information Per Serving
47 calories, 4.4 g total fat, 2.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0.24 g monounsaturated fats, 0.06 g polyunsaturated fats, 0 mg cholesterol, 8.7 mg sodium, 2.1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0.56 g sugars, 1.1 g protein

And for more than 50 additional makeovers of your favorite treats… plus valuable education on how to live a low-glycemic lifestyle, without giving up your favorite sweets, try out Carefree Candies – Your Guide to Healthy Homemade Indulgences.